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Homemade vegan parmesan cheese in a clear bowl with a spoon on two wooden coasters.

The Best Vegan Substitute for Parmesan Cheese

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  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This recipe is the best vegan substitute for parmesan cheese! It only requires three simple ingredients and is nut-free! 


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  • 1/2 cup unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  1. Add the sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast and sea salt to a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend/pulse while watching closely. As soon as it starts getting sticky/oily, give the mixture a good stir. Blend/pulse again for a few seconds.
  3. Be careful not to over blend or it will turn into butter. Add this to your favorite pasta dishes!


  • Buy unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds so you can control the amount of salt going into the vegan parmesan.
  • Do not over blend or you will end up with sunflower seed butter.